Scholarships and Awards

There are several types of scholarships and awards available to graduate students. The following links provide further details, including specific scholarships and awards available, eligibility requirements, value, and duration. 

If you have questions regarding specific entrance awards, further details can be obtained by contacting the Graduate Coordinator at gradadmissions@chem.ualberta.ca.

Provincial and National Scholarships

Scholarship

Deadline

Value

Duration

Eligibility†

NSERC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Early Oct. $50,000/year Up to 3 years Canadian & International
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral PGSD/CGSD Early Oct. PGSD $21,000/year
CGSD $35,000/year
Up to 3 years Canadian
Alberta Innovates Health Innovations Early Sep.

$30,000/year
+ $2000 research allowance*

MSc: Up to 2 years
PhD: Up to 4 years
Canadian & International
† For eligibility, "Canadian" refers to both Canadian citizens and permanent residents
* For holders of other major awards: + $12,000/year + $2000 research allowance.

Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship

Deadline

Value

Duration

Eligibility†

University of Alberta Master's Scholarship None* $17,000 per year plus tuition and fees 1 year Canadian & International
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship None* Varies depending on GPA and qualifications Varies Canadian & International
Chemistry Recruitment Scholarship None $5,000 1 time award Eligible newly admitted students are automatically considered
Science Graduate Scholarship None $2,000 1 time award Canadian entering with Tri-Council scholarship
Jean Isabel Soper Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Science None Varies 1 time award Canadian & International Female
Dick Peter Graduate Scholarship None Varies 1 time award Graduate of University of Alberta

† For eligibility, "Canadian" refers to both Canadian citizens and permanent residents
* While there is no formal deadline, early application to the graduate program is encouraged as a limited number of these awards are available.


University of Alberta Scholarships

Scholarship

Deadline

Value

Duration

Eligibility†

President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction
None $10,000 (year 1) and tuition and fees in subsequent years the Tri-Council scholarships is held
 Up to 3 years
Top up award for Canadian's [with PGSD or CGSD Tri-Council Scholarship]
Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship Unknown

MSc: $26,000/year
PhD: $31,000/year

Top up NSERC holders: $12,000/year

Up to 4 years (combined MSc/PhD) Canadian & International
Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship Late Feb. $35,000 per year plus differential fee for international students Up to 2 years Canadian & International
Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's CGSM  Dec. 1
 $17,500 1 year
Canadian
Walter H Johns Graduate Fellowship None  Equivalent in value to tuition and fees
1 year
Canadian's with Master's CGSM
Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize Late Feb. $5,000 1 time award Canadian & International
Marie Arnold Cancer Research Graduate Scholarship None $5,000 1 time award Canadian & International [conducting cancer research]
Ivy A Thomson and William A Thomson Graduate Scholarship
 None $15,000 1 year
Canadian & International
FGSR Graduate Travel Awards None Up to a maximum of $1,500 1 time award Canadian & International
Valerie Jagoldas Graduate Scholarship in Science
None $1,000 1 time award
Canadian & International
Alberta Learning Graduate Scholarship None MSc: $3,000 1 time award Canadian
GSA Academic Travel Awards Ongoing MSc: up to $500
PhD: up to $1,000
1 time award Canadian & International
BMO Financial Group Graduate Scholarship None
$20,000
1 year
Canadian & International
John and Patricia Schlosser Environment Scholarship None Varies
1 time award
Canadian & International

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc Graduate Scholarship

None  $2,200  1 time award
 Canadian & International

† For eligibility, "Canadian" refers to both Canadian citizens and permanent residents

Note: There are a variety of others scholarships and awards for which qualifying students may be eligible. Please consult the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website for further details.


Department Scholarships

Scholarship

Deadline

Value

Duration

Eligibility†

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships Apr. 30 MSc: $10,800 (Sept. 1 start) or $5400 (Jan. 1 start)
PhD: $15,000 (Sept. 1 start) or $7500 (Jan. 1 start)
1 year Canadian
Gilead Alberta Graduate Award of Excellence in Organic Chemistry
none
$2,500
1 time award
Canadian & International
Jean Cooley Graduate Scholarship in Analytical Chemistry
Oct. 1
$2,500
MSc: Up to 2 times
PhD: Up to 3 times
Canadian
Chemistry Alumni International Graduate Scholarship Oct. 1
$700
1 term, may be awarded multiple times
International
Margaret Thompson Memorial Prize1
none
Book prize
1 time award
Canadian & International
Dr. R. Norman and Magda Kemeny Jones Travel Award2
Early July
$1,500
1 time award
Canadian & International
Harry Emmet Gunning Postgraduate Scholarship in Physical Chemistry3
none $2,500 up to two years
Canadian & International
Professor Osman James Walker Memorial Scholarship
none
Varies
1 time award
Canadian & International
Robert Swindlehurst Graduate Book Prize in Chemistry
none
Book prize
1 time award
Canadian & International
William B McCormack Writing Prize in Chemistry
 none  $1,200 1 time award
Canadian & International
Chemistry 502 Award4
none $300  1 time award  Canadian & International 
Walter and Phyllis Harris Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry
none Varies 1 time award
Canadian & International
Marshall Syska Chemistry Graduate Scholarship
none Equivalent in value to 1 term of full-time Teaching Assistantship
1 term
Canadian & International, PhD students only

† For eligibility, "Canadian" refers to both Canadian citizens and permanent residents

1. Book prize awarded annually to the graduate student(s) with the highest class average on completion of the first year of graduate studies. There is no application form, students are considered automatically by the Department of Chemistry.

2. To support travel to attend a conference in any area of spectroscopy. Preference may be given to a student attending a FACCS or Pittsburgh conference. The award is primarily intended for graduate students or advanced undergraduate student in physical or theoretical chemistry.

3. To be offered to outstanding student who enters Ph.D. graduate studies program in Physical Chemistry.

4. One prize awarded per research area (Analytical, Chemical Biology, Inorganic, Organic, Physical) for best Chemistry 502 presentation .


Past Graduate Student Award Winners